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 Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap DETROIT — Chris Bosio remembers pitching in wintry weather as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, back when they played outdoors at County Stadium. The Tigers’ pitching coach does not remember pitching in weather like what his team encountered for much of the season’s first three weeks.

Because of that, Bosio said it’s difficult to draw conclusions on individual pitchers. He’s encouraged by a staff that entered Thursday’s series finale against the Orioles ranked in the middle of the pack among American League teams in ERA, a vast improvement on what was statistically the league’s worst staff in 2017.

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DETROIT — Chris Bosio remembers pitching in w Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap intry weather as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, back when they played outdoors at County Stadium. The Tigers’ pitching coach does not remember pitching in weather like what his team encountered for much of the season’s first three weeks.

Because of that, Bosio said it’s difficult to draw conclusions on individual pitchers. He’s encouraged by a staff that entered Thursday’s series finale against the Orioles ranked in the middle of the pack among American League teams in ERA, a vast improvement on what was statistically the league’s worst staff in 2017.

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“I believe in the system that we have in place. It’s just getting them in a position to where they can succeed,” Bosio said. ” Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap In the games that we’ve lost, we literally beat ourselves. We’ve been in just about every game, and that’s all you can ask for with a young team is trying to take it to the last at-bat and have an opportunity to win on a daily basis.”

Bosio did not take questions on his health, which began with a medical issue last week in Cleveland and kept him away from the team for about a week before he rejoined the club on Tuesday. His observations, however, made it clear he was following the team closely while he was away.

More importantly, the team was following the information Bosio was st Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap ill providing. In discussing the encouraging early work of starter Matthew Boyd and reliever Joe Jimenez, he noted both have been among the early adopters of the analytics they’ve been provided.

“They have more information,” Bosio said. “Information is a very powerful thing, and when applied properly, you get great results. Some guys have used it. Some guys have had quicker adjustments than others.”

On Jimenez, Bosio said: “He’s matured a little bit as a pitcher, and he’s going to mature a lot more, but he’s all-in on the information and has applied it really good. So I’m looking for a lot more improvement out of him.”

Bosio did not shed much insight on the future of Daniel Norris, who will make his first start of the season Friday night against the Royals.

“I don’t know if Daniel Norris is going to be a starter or a reliever,” he said. “Daniel Norris will tell us based on his performance. These guys make our decisions for us based on how they play, not because we sit around and [discuss it]. Ultimately they force our hand based on how they perform. It’s always going to be that way.”

Cabrera feeds off youth movement
While Miguel Cabrera celebrated his 35th birthday on Wednesday by turning back the clock on his swing with a home run and a double, he said he has also fed off the younger clubhouse around him.

Asked if Cabrera has felt any extra responsibility as the Tigers’ rebuild changed the clubhouse around him, he said: “I think it’s the opposite. I think the young guys help us to go out there and feel young again. They bring a lot of energy to us. They always listen. They always ask.”

The main thing Cabrera said he has tried to relay to younger teammates is preparation before the game and focus during it.

“When it’s game time, we have to go out there and play baseball,” he said. “It’s not time to think, because we already think about it before the game, a lot of hours thinking about the pitcher or how we’re going to play defense.”

Quick hits
• Manager Ron Gardenhire said the Tigers have yet to decide whether to bring up a pitcher or a position player as the 26th man for Friday’s day-night doubleheader against the Royals.

• The Tigers began their Class Outside series of pregame educational seminars with Journalism Day on Thursday morning, introducing local students to personalities in the field, who provided insight on the business and how to pursue a career in it. Among the speakers were NBC Sports broadcaster Mike Tirico, FOX 2 Detroit morning anchor Amy Andrews, Detroit News photographer Robin Buckson and Tigers media relations member Bryan Loor-Almonte.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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Weather has not been baseball’s friend for much of April, with rain and snow (snow!) wiping out games at just about every level imaginable (high school baseball here in Pittsburgh is threatening to become a gym sport). But there have been some outstanding performances across the country by prospects, from the big leagues all the way down to this year’s Draft class. This week’s Inbox tries to reflect that.

We’re less than seven weeks away from the 2018 Draft, and Jim Callis and I are working feverishly on a new Draft Top 100, which is coming soon. That will also mark the start of mock draft season (several of you have asked on Twitter). So I decided to kick off this week’s Inbox with a question about the amateur set.

Weather has not been baseball’s friend for much of April, with rain and snow (snow!) wiping out games at just about every level imaginable (high school baseball here in Pittsburgh is threatening to become a gym sport). But there have been some outstanding performances across the country by prospects, from the big leagues all the way down to this year’s Draft class. This week’s Inbox tries to reflect that.

We’re less than seven weeks away from the 2018 Draft, and Jim Callis and I are working feverishly on a new Draft Top 100, which is coming soon. That will also mark the start of mock draft season (several of you have asked on Twitter). So I decided to kick off this week’s Inbox with a question about the amateur set.

Tweet from @jaymarkle_BP: Mize has seen most of the attention this spring, but there are also rumors that Kelenic is under serious consideration for the top spot. Is he an overdraft? What’s your take?

There is no question Casey Mize has separated himself, but in no way have the Tigers decided who they will take with the No. 1 overall pick. It’s always fun to see the rumors that make the rounds at this time. Check out the video above for my response to this one.

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Giving Marlins prospects some love is a relatively new thing, isn’t it? And what I liked about this question the most is that while much of the attention has come because of the trades bringing in prospects, this is about two guys drafted and/or signed by the Marlins.

We can start with Dunand, No. 18 on Miami’s Top 30. The club’s second-round pick in 2017, Dunand has mostly been known to date as Alex Rodriguez’s nephew, though now he can put Prospect Team of the Week on his resume. He certainly has started his first full season of pro ball well, with a .370/.407/.609 slash line across his first 46 at-bats, while getting pushed to the Class A Advanced Florida State League (not an easy place to hit). All of that is encouraging and yes, if Mens 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey  Dunand keeps that up, he’d have to eventually be considered for the Top 100. But the emphasis is on eventually. It’s just 11 games and he’s No. 18 on the team list, so he has a ways to go before he’s Top 100-worthy, to answer the “near future” part of your question.

Cabrera, the No. 12 prospect, really intrigues me, and he was our choice for the Marlins’ breakout prospect. He’s really young (just turned 20), has a great pitcher’s body, electric stuff and a good feel for pitching. Only two starts in, obviously, but Cabrera is tough to hit. If the command comes, I could see him as a Top 100-type pitching prospect eventually. I’m encouraged by his start in his move to full-season ball, though.

Tweet from @AlexBurkeC: Jack Flaherty or Mike Soroka long term?

Wow, this is a really tough call. It just so happens that I do the Top 30s for both the Cardinals and the Braves, so I know both of these talented right-handers quite well. My first gut reaction was to call t Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey his a dead heat, but let’s try to take a closer look.

Video: Top Prospects: Jack Flaherty, RHP, Cardinals

Based on where we have them on the Top 100 (Jack Flaherty is No. 38; Mike Soroka is No. 31), there isn’t a ton separating them. There isn’t much differentiation grades-wise, either:

Flaherty: Fastball: 55 | Slider: 55 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 60 | Overall: 55
Soroka: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 60 | Overall: 55

Before you say Flaherty should have the edge because he has a fourth pitch, it should be noted that Soroka adds and subtracts from his slider to give it more of a curve shape at times. Both command their stuff extremely well. Soroka has a very slight edge on the fastball, but Flah Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey erty throws plent Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap y of 60-grade fastballs. Flaherty has obviously pitched in the big leagues already; Soroka is knocking on the door and is two years younger. Flaherty has the higher strikeout rate; Soroka’s walk rate has been lower. Yes, I’m stalling here. I’m leaning slightly in Soroka’s direction.

Video: Top Prospects: Mike Soroka, RHP, Braves

I decided to send the question to a couple of folks in the scouting and player development world. It wasn’t even close to exhaustive, but those I heard back almost entirely sided with the Braves righty. But I really think an argument could be made for either one.

Tweet from @fantasy_jester: Will we see Keller this year before September

Tweet from @DPosey39: Should I pick up Pirates pitcher Keller? How would you rate him

Finishing off with a bit of a “homer” question (I live in Pittsburgh, for those who don’t know). And I love Mitch Keller. In fact, I drafted him in our first Pipeline Prospect Fantasy Draft and he’s rewarded me with two very solid starts to begin the year in Double-A.

We have two different questions about Keller here, though I think both have to do with potential fantasy value. If you’re asking if you should pick him up in a keeper league, the answer is an unequivocal yes. If you’re talking about this year, which speaks to the question about whether Keller will be up before September, I’d lean toward no.

Video: Top Prospects: Mitch Keller, RHP, Pirates

It’s not that I don’t think the 22-year-old can compete in the big leagues. Keller’s combination of stuff and feel for pitching is as good as just about any pitching prospect (I’d take him over either Flaherty or Soroka, for whatever that’s worth). But the Pirates tend to be methodical in terms of pitching development and he has just eight Double-A starts (not counting the playoffs) to his credit. Maybe Keller’s Arizona Fall League stint helps a littlte, but there’s also some pitching depth ahead of him in Triple-A, so I don’t see a severe need to get him to Pittsburgh this year. I’m all in for 2019, though.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

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DETROIT — The callup is just for a day. For outfielder Mike Gerber, the Tigers’ 26th man for Friday’s day-night doubleheader against the Royals, it was a long time coming.

“You work your entire life for this, and this has been the goal since Day 1,” Gerber said. “Every kid dreams about playing up here in the big leagues.”

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DETROIT — The callup is just for a day. For outfielder Mike Gerber, the Tigers’ 26th man for Friday’s day-night doubleheader against the Royals, it was a long time coming.

“You work your entire life for this, and this has been the goal since Day 1,” Gerber said. “Every kid dreams about playing up here in the big leagues.”

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Gerber had to work harder than most. A 40th-round Draft pick out of high school, he went undrafted after his junior season at Creighton, but an outstanding senior season made him a 15th-round Draft pick by the Tigers in 2014. From there, Gerber had to prove himself at every level, providing consistent production until a .304 average and a .869 OPS last year at three Minor League levels landed him on the 40-man roster this past offseason.

“I knew once I was drafted, I was going to have to put up numbers and perform,” Gerber said.

Gerber did not get off to a great start this month at Triple-A Toledo, batting .229 (11-for-48) with three doubles, two home runs, five RBIs and 19 strikeouts in 11 games. But with the Tigers looking for an extra position player rather than another pitcher for the doubleheader, and Gerber providing a badly-needed left-handed bat against Royals right-hander Jakob Junis, he got the call.

“My stomach just kind of dropped,” Gerber said. “I’m still kind  Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap of speechless, still a little bit in shock, but I’m excited.”

It’s a brief callup for Gerber, but it came with enough advanced notice that it became a celebration. Everyone from family to friends to former Minor League teammates made plans to fly to Detroit, resulting in more than a dozen  Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey guests on hand at Comerica Park. Gerber’s uncle was set to travel to Orlando, Fla., and he changed his flight at the last minute. Even Gerber’s younger brother David, a pitcher in the Mariners’ farm system, received permission from his manager at Class A Clinton to fly to Detroit to be on hand.

“It’s a special moment for my entire family,” Gerber said. “My brother, the first thing he said was he’s so proud. My brother’s actually going Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap  to be able to make it. He talked to his manager out in low-A. So we’ll have the whole family here, and it’ll be a special day.”

Gerber would be the 22nd Creighton baseball product to pla Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap y in the Majors, a list that includes Hall of Famer Bob Gibson and former Tigers outfielder Kimera Bartee.

Video: KC@DET: Saupold retires Soler to seal the win

Saupold called up

A week and a half after Warwick Saupold was the odd man out in the Tigers’ bullpen mix, the Aussie right-hander is back in, having been called up as a long reliever. He replaces Chad Bell, who was optioned to Triple-A Toledo after Thursday’s win over the Orioles

Saupold tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings on three hits and a walk in four appearances with the Tigers, but he was optioned to Toledo on April 7 when Detroit decided to keep Daniel Norris in the bullpen. The Tigers needed a fresh arm after Bell pitched 1 2/3 innings and yielded three runs Thursday.

Quick hits

• Right-hander Matt Manning, the Tigers’ No. 2 prospect (No. 55 in baseball) according to MLB Pipeline, was added to the Class A West Michigan roster on Friday for his season debut. The former first-round Draft pick missed the start of the season with an oblique strain.

• Former Tigers coach Gene Lamont returned to Comerica Park for Friday’s doubleheader. He’s working as a special assistant with the Royals.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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DETROIT — Leonys Martin had a couple of chances at his first career grand slam earlier in his career, only to be denied by highlight catches to bring them back. Mike Trout robbed him when he was in Seattle a couple of years ago; George Springer took a walk-off away from him in Texas the year before that.

“Not a good feeling,” Martin said.

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DETROIT — Leonys Martin had a couple of chances at his first career grand slam earlier in his career, only to be denied by highlight catches to bring them back. Mike Trout robbed him when he was in Seattle a couple of years ago; George Springer took a walk-off away from him in Texas the year before that.

“Not a good feeling,” Martin said.

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So when Orioles right fielder Anthony Santander had to turn and watch Martin’s fifth-inning drive clear the right-field fence, and clear the bases in the process Thursday, the sense of relief could be seen on Martin’s face as he rounded first base. The smile he was sporting was unmistakable as he rounded third, putting the Tigers into double digits on the scoreboard. The slam broke the game open, and paved the way to a 13-8 win and a three-game series sweep of the Orioles at Comerica Park.

“He gets so excited, you can’t understand him when he starts yelling in the dugout when he came back,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “I think he enjoyed it. I’m pretty sure he did. He was talking really fast.

“But it was good. All the guys were excited. He’s an entertaining guy and an entertaining player.”

Video: BAL@DET: Gardenhire on bats, Candelario and Martin

He was still smiling after the game upon receiving the ball. The fan who retrieved it offered it back to him in exchange for an autographed one. Martin signed a ball and thanked the fan for bringing it back, no pun intended.

Martin fell a hit shy of the cycle for the second time in as many weeks, but he’ll take this. The way he’s hitting and running, he’ll have more chances this season. Not only is he an entertaining player, he’s becoming a leadoff catalyst for a Tigers offense that might finally be heating up along with the spring weather in Michigan.

“I just go out there and try to put a good swing on the baseball, man. Try to swing at strikes,” Martin said. “That’s the only thing that I can control. It’s good to hit the ball in the gap, hit triples and stuff like that, bu Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey t the only thing that I go to home plate thinking about is to hit the ball hard and put a good swing on it.”

Add Jeimer Candelario’s first career four-hit games to three-hit efforts for Martin and Miguel Cabrera, and the top third of the Tigers lineup combined for 10 of Detroit’s 18 hits in roughing up  Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap Alex Cobb and the Orioles.

Video: BAL@DET: Candelario belts an opposite-field homer

Martin needed a triple for the cycle last Wednesday in Cleveland, but his three hits were the only ones the Tigers put up against Carlos Carrasco in his complete game. Martin picked up his triple early on Thursday, a 421-foot loft over Adam Jones’ head and to the depths of right-center, but finished a double short.

Video: BAL@DET: Martin rips a triple to the wall

Compared to the triple, Martin’s grand slam was a short poke, an estimated 390-foot drive off Mike Wright Jr. into the right-field seats according to Statcast™.

Martin had one at-bat to try for what would’ve been the Tigers’ first cycle since Carlos Guillen on Aug. 1, 2006. His opposite-field fly ball in the seventh had some carry to left, but Trey Mancini needed only retreat a few steps for the catch.

“I felt pressure a little bit,” Martin admitted. “I’ve been in this situation a few times and never got it done. But when I went to the batter’s box, I tried to relax and think about how this is another at-bat. I think I put a good swing on it, but it’s all luck.”

At least for the grand slam, it was in his favor this time.

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MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Iglesias puts Tigers up for good: Detroit moved ahead with a four-run second inning on four hits, all of them on the ground. The only one for extra bases was Jose Iglesias’ two-run triple, a grounder he pulled just inside the third-base line and down into the left-field corner, scoring James McCann and JaCoby Jones.

Video: BAL@DET: Iglesias hustles for a triple, drives in two

SOUND SMART
All four series the Tigers have completed without a game lost to postponement have been sweeps. The Pirates swept a three-game series at Comerica Park to open the season. The Tigers swept the White Sox in three games at Chicago, then were swept in four games at Cleveland before playing only one of three scheduled games here against the Yankees last weekend.

HE SAID IT
“This was a fun series. We did really well. This is a Baltimore team that’s a really good offensive team, and our guys came out pretty good out of it. So, let’s just take baby steps, and you keep working.” — Gardenhire on sweeping the Orioles

UP NEXT
The Tigers welcome the Royals for their second visit to Comerica Park this month, this time for a four-day weekend series that begins with a day-night doubleheader on Friday. Michael Fulmer (1-2, 3.86) and Daniel Norris (0-1, 7.11) will get the starts at 1:10 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. ET, respectively, as Detroit tries to extend its three-game winning streak with a chance to get back to .500 with a sweep.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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DETROIT — What looked like a memorable doubleheader for JaCoby Jones and a sweep for the Tigers fell apart in a tumultuous ninth inning. Abraham Almonte‘s game-tying, pinch Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap -hit single off closer Shane Greene and Niko Goodrum‘s run-scoring error pushed the Royals in front for the first time all day, sending the Tigers to a 3-2 loss and a day-night doubleheader split on Friday night at Comerica Park.

Hours after Jones’ walk-off home run in the opener, his seventh-inning sacrifice fly moved the Tigers ahead in the nightcap, another low-scoring duel. Greene, who pitched th Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey e ninth inning of the opener to maintain a tie game, took the mound for the ninth with a one-run lead in Game 2 before the Royals rallied.

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DETROIT — What lo Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey oked like a memorable doubleheader for JaCoby Jones and a sweep for the Tigers fell apart in a tumultuous ninth inning. Abraham Almonte‘s game-tying, pinch-hit single off closer Shane Greene and Niko Goodrum‘s run-scoring error pushed the Royals in front for the first time all day, sending the Tigers to a 3-2 loss and a day-night doubleheader split on Friday night at Comerica Park.

Hours after Jones’ walk-off home run in the opener, his seventh-inning sacrifice fly moved the Tigers ahead in the nightcap, another low-scoring duel. Greene, who pitched the ninth  Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap inning of the opener to maintain a tie game, took the mound for the ninth with a one-run lead in Game 2 before the Royals rallied.

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Back-to-back one-out singles from Ryan Goins and Alcides Escobar brought Almonte off the bench to hit for catcher Drew Butera. Almonte’s ensuing blooper fell just out of the reach of a charging Nicholas Castellanos in shallow right field, sending Goins around from second.

Video: KC@DET: Almonte hits game-tying RBI single to right

Goodrum, who started at first base with Miguel Cabrera off for the second game, bobbled Jon Jay‘s grounder, then overthrew Greene covering first as Escobar rounded third.

Greene (1-1) suffered his seco Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey nd blown save in four games. Cabre Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap ra’s pinch-hit single with two outs put the potential tying run on base in the bottom of the ninth, but Kelvin Herrera held on for his third save.

UP NEXT
Right-hander Mike Fiers (1-1, 3.86 ERA) will get to pitch in warmer weather for the first time during his Tigers tenure as he squares off against lefty Danny Duffy and the Royals at 1:10 p.m. ET on Saturday at Comerica Park. Fiers gave up five earned runs over 5 2/3 innings, including two home runs, in a chilly loss to the Yankees on April 13.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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DETROIT — This is the type of impact JaCoby Jones can make in a game. His walk-off homer in the 10th inning of Friday’s 3-2 Tigers win over the Royals in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Comerica Park was just the capper.

Jones’ ultimate difference came with the bat. But his legs and his glove put the Tigers in position for their second walk-off win in three days, as well as their fourth consecutive victory.

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DETROIT — This is the type of impact JaCoby Jones can make in a game. His walk-off homer in the 10th inning of Friday’s 3-2 Tigers win over the Royals in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Comerica Park was just the capper.

Jones’ ultimate difference came with the bat. But his legs and his glove put the Tigers in position for their second walk-off win in three days, as well as their fourth consecutive victory.

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“He’s just an outstanding player. He’s an athlete,” teammate Michael Fulmer said.

Jones is also looking like the Tigers’ left fielder now.

Video: KC@DET: Jones puts Tigers on top with an RBI double

As tough as it was for Jones to watch his friend Mikie Mahtook get sent down to Triple-A Toledo a week ago, it created an opportunity for Jones in left, a chance that wasn’t going to come in center anytime soon with the way Leonys Martin has wrested an everyday role.

Until that move, the Tigers were challenged to find Jones at-bats on a roster with five outfielders. With three consecutive two-hit games, Jones is making it difficult for manager Ron Gardenhire to take him out.

“He’s aggressive,” Gardenhire said. “If you give him an inch, he’s going to take a mile. And I like that.”

When Jones rounded first base at top speed on his fifth-inning gapper to left-center, he looked like he might be trying to force a rundown to ensure James McCann, who had initially retreated to second base on the ball, could score.

Video: KC@DET: Jones sets up scoring play with stolen base

“I was just going to second,” Jones said. “He turned around and didn’t go on the ball, so I didn’t know if [third-base coach Dave Clark] was going to send him or not. I was just going to second to get the double.

“I didn’t know Mac was going. I thought there were going to be runners at second and third.”

McCann scored as Jones raced into second. He was there for mere moments before taking off on Royals starter Jason Hammel‘s next pitch to Jose Iglesias, stealing third with nobody out. With three stolen bases in 13 games this season, he’s halfway to his total in 56 games last year.

“I like the way he plays,” Gardenhire said. “If he was out, I’ll yell at him.”

Video: KC@DET: Machado plates Jones with sac fly in the 5th

The steal set up Dixon Machado‘s sacrifice fly three pitches later. The 2-0 lead gave Fulmer the leverage in a pitching  Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey duel before Mike Moustakas‘ sixth-inning solo homer and Jon Jay‘s seventh-inning single brought the Royals back.

Hammel carried the deadlock into extra innings with nine innings of five-hit ball. The Tigers’ bullpen Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap  matched zeroes with him with help from Jones, whose dash back to the left-field fence denied Alcides Escobar a leadoff double in the ninth with a leaping grab.

“As I was running back to the fence, I took two steps on the warning track, so I knew the wall was getting close,” Jones said. “So I was like, ‘I’m just going to jump and catch it.’ I don’t really know if it was going to go out or not. Probably not, but I made the catch.”

Video: KC@DET: Jones leaps at the fence to retire Escobar

Joe Jimenez stranded two runners in scoring position in the 10th. Jones stepped to the plate in the bottom half and made sure that was enough. His fourth Major League home run was his first walk-off hit, two days after Machado’s first.

“I was just trying to put the ball in play, get on base,” Jones said. “Luckily I put a good swing on it, a line drive that went out.”

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Fourth time thru for Fulmer: Gardenhire made it clear before the game that he was hoping to get a deep outing from Fulmer to leave his bullpen fresh for Daniel Norris‘ start in Game 2. Thus, Fulmer earned a chance to face Jay a fourth time after singles from Ryan Goins and Cam Gallagher put runners at the corners with one out in the seventh.

Video: KC@DET: Fulmer limits Royals to two runs over seven

Fulmer put Jay in an 0-2 count, but he couldn’t get him to chase a slider in the dirt. Fulmer’s ensuing fastball was below the knees, but it had enough of the plate for Jay to propel on the ground through the right side to tie the game as Daniel Stumpf warmed in the bullpen.

“I think I was breathing out of the wrong eyelid the last two innings I threw,” Fulmer joked. “But that’s baseball. They did a good job of hitting mistakes I threw, stringing some hits together.”

SOUND SMART
Fulmer induced nine swinging strikes from Roya Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey ls hitters in 96 pitches over seven innings, seven more swing-and-misses than Fulmer recorded in his previous start last Wednesday at Cleveland.

Video: KC@DET: Gardenhire on Fulmer, Jones in walk-off win

“I still don’t think that I had my best stuff today, especially for all seven innings,” Fulmer said. “I felt the best I have in a while, but I think if I get two or three balls down in the zone, I think everything will start clicking again.”

HE SAID IT
“I’m kind of hungry, so I wanted to end it.” — Jones, to Fox Sports Detroit, Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap  on his walk-off homer

Video: KC@DET: Jones on big offensive game, walk-off homer

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Jeimer Candelario did not dive back into first base on Hammel’s pickoff attempt after his leadoff single in the sixth, seemingly within a safe distance to the bag. First-base umpire Roberto Ortiz called him safe, but the Royals challenged, arguing first baseman Lucas Duda tagged Candelario’s leg before he got back.

Video: KC@DET: Royals win challenge, Hammel nabs Candelario

A one-minute, five-second review overturned the call and sent Candelario back to the dugout with the first out of the inning, which loomed large after Nicholas Castellanos‘ two-out double two batters later.

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Norris makes his first start of the season as the Tigers and Royals finish their doubleheader with a 7:10 p.m. ET tilt at Comerica Park. Norris began 2018 in Detroit’s rotation, but he moved to the bullpen after rainouts scrubbed his previous scheduled start.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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KANSAS CITY — New faces abound in the American League Central in 2018, some young and some old. And we’re not talking about Frosty the Snowman, who has made an appearance in every AL Central park from Detroit to Kansas City here in April.

Let’s go around the horn in the AL Central and check out the new guys.

KANSAS CITY — New faces abound in the American League Central in 2018, some young and some old. And we’re not talking about Frosty the Snowman, who has made an appearance in every AL Central park from Detroit to Kansas City here in April.

Let’s go around the horn in the AL Central and check out the new guys.

Indians
Who’s the new guy?
First baseman Yonder Alonso

Video: CLE@MIN: Alonso homers to right field, call confirmed

How’s it going so far? Through 16 games, Alonso has a .196/.274/.375 slash line to go with three home runs and nine RBIs. Like most of the Indians’ lineup, Alonso’s slow start was impacted by an extremely Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap  cold stretch of games in Cleveland.

What’s on deck? Alonso’s .195 batting average on balls in play is the ninth-lowest mark in the AL. That, combined with other peripheral statistics, indicate a positive regression is coming.

Number to know: 8. Alonso is one of 16 players in MLB with at least eight barrels, per Statcast™..

Royals
Who’s the new guy?
Rookie left-hander Tim Hill

Video: CWS@KC: Hill fans Sanchez to record first strikeout

How’s it going so far? Incredib Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey ly well. Hill perhaps was a long shot to make the 25-man roster entering Spring Training, but his funky sidearm delivery caught the coaching staff’s eyes immediately. Hill’s fastball sits around 91-92 mph, and extensive work on his slider (“It’s still improving,” manager Ned Yost said.) this spring is paying off, as AL hitters are still som Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey ewhat baffled by his repertoire.

What’s on deck? More high-leverage situations. As the rest of the Royals’ bullpen wobbles, Hill and closer Kelvin Herrera have been Yost’s most reliable go-to guys. Yost and his staff had been hoping to bring Hill along slowly, but now the Royals may have no choice but to use Hill from the eighth inning on.

Number to know: 0. That’s the number of hits Hill has given up in his first seven appearances.

Tigers
Who’s the new guy?
Leonys Martin

Video: DET@CLE: Martin cranks solo HR over right-field wall

How’s it going so far? Martin has filled the leadoff and center-field roles surprisingly well, covering more range in the gaps at Comerica Park than probably anybody since Austin Jackson‘s rookie year. Offensively, Martin scored nine runs in his first 14 games, including the go-ahead tally Tuesday after reaching base on a bunt single.

What’s on deck? Martin is in line to get close to everyday playing time in center now that JaCoby Jones is getting the bulk of the starts in left. With Dixon Machado having cooled off from his start, Martin is safe in the leadoff spot for the near future.

Number to know 5. Those are the Outs Above Average Martin earned in about a half-season of playing time last year between the Mariners and Cubs. He’s on track to top that in Detroit.

Twins
Who’s the new guy?
Designated hitter/first baseman Logan Morrison

Video: MIN@PIT: Morrison scores Sano on an RBI double

How’s it going so far? Morrison has struggled offensively so far since signing a one-year deal in Spring Training. He was brought in to be a power bat from the left side after a breakout year with the Rays last year, when he clubbed 38 home runs. Morrison has yet to break out of his slump this season, and he has produced only one extra-base hit (a doub Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap le) in 44 at-bats this season.

What’s on deck? The Twins believe Morrison will get it going offensively based on his track record, so he’ll continue to be the everyday designated hitter and backup to Joe Mauer at first base. Morrison has also had to adjust to playing in cold weather early this season, so the hope is his bat will heat up with the weather.

Number to know: 3. The number of hits for Morrison in his first 12 games with the Twins.

White Sox
Who’s the new guy?
Right-hander Bruce Rondon

Video: DET@CWS: Rondon strikes out Cabrera swinging in 8th

How’s it going so far? The hard-throwing right-hander came up from Triple-A Charlotte to replace an ineffective Juan Minaya in Chicago’s bullpen and has been unhittable in a small sample size. Rondon’s 100 mph velocity and a sharp slider to go with it gives the White Sox a potential closer, or at least another late-inning option.

What’s on deck? Look for Rondon to continue getting late-inning, high-leverage opportunities, although the White Sox have Nate Jones and Joakim Soria in place in the closer’s role. At 27, Rondon could be a newfound part of the rebuild, or he could end up being a great trade chip if he continues pitching well.

Number to know: 5. Rondon struck out the first five batters he faced this season, including his old friend and Detroit teammate Miguel Cabrera, who gave Rondon a knowing wink after a slider got him

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him  Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap on Twitter @FlannyMLB.


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DETROIT — Three weeks after Daniel Norris broke camp in the Tigers’ rotation, the young left-hander will make his first start of the season in the nightcap of Friday’s day-night doubleheader against the Royals. Expect a discussion among team officials on how and where to get him innings after that.

When the Tigers chose to keep Norris in their bullpen rather than option him to Triple-A Toledo when Mike Fiers joined the rotation just over a week ago, the challenge was to get the young lefty enough innings to not only keep his arm fresh, but to allow him to work on the adjustments he has made with pitching coach Chris Bosio.

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DETROIT — Three weeks after Daniel Norris broke camp in the Tigers’ rotation, the young left-hander will make his first start of the season in the nightcap of Friday’s day-night doubleheader against t Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey he Royals. Expect a discussion among team officials on how and where to get him innings after that.

When the Tigers chose to keep Norris in their bullpen rather than option him to Triple-A Toledo when Mike Fiers joined the rotation just over a week ago, the challenge was to get the young lefty enough innings to not only keep his arm fresh, but to allow him to work on the adjustments he has made with pitching coach Chris Bosio.

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Norris threw 3 1/3 critical innings in Chicago on April 5 that kept Detroit close enough for a comeback win, then tossed three more innings in Cleveland last Wednesday. The combination of deep starts and miserable weather kept Norris out of action since.

In that sense, Friday’s twin bill — including a makeup of an April 4 game that was postponed due to cold weather — is a blessing. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said Norris will be stretched out to around 75 pitches if everything goes right, which should give th Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey e 24-year-old a good challenge against a  Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap Royals lineup that entered Wednesday batting an American League-best .286 against left-handed pitchers.

That will likely be the extent of Norris’ work for the Tigers’ current homestand, which ends Sunday. Detroit begins a two-city, six-game road trip Tuesday in Pittsburgh, where the Tigers will have to figure out their bench for Interleague Play without the DH slot available. But the time away from home could also put a premium on bullpens.

“He wants to be in the big leagues,” Gardenhire said of Norris, “and he is in the big leagues. We’re trying to get this thing righted where we’re using him correctly. We’ve all said that you have to have starting pitching, and he’s one of them. We’ll see how it goes along here. We’re gettin Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap g him into the rotation here, but we’ll see after that.

“I just think we need him stretched out and pitching, not sitting so much, because we’ll need pitching as we go along. We’ve already seen that. Those are conversations that we’re going to have now that [Bosio] is back. We want to do the right thing and talk with the bosses to make sure he’s prepared for when we really need him in the rotation. I’ve said that from the get-go and it’s been kind of a little bumpy ride. But we got him in there, scheduled to go the secon Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey d game of the doubleheader.”

Quick hits
• Michiganders who lost power in the weekend ice storm have sympathy. Detroit catcher James McCann said he lost electricity at the area home where he and his family are staying, and didn’t regain it until late Tuesday night. Fortunately, he said, a generator at the house kept enough things running for him and his wife Jessica to take care of their twin boys.

• The Tigers braved temperatures in the low 30s and took batting practice outside Wednesday morning for the first time since Friday afternoon. It could be their last BP outside for a couple days, with snow potentially accumulating overnight into Thursday morning, then a day-night doubleheader Friday.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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DETROIT — The weather was chilly again at Comerica Park, but despite a 36-degree first-pitch temperature, Dixon Machado didn’t seem to notice.

“Today was great,” said Machado, whose first career walk-off home run finally decided a back-and-forth affair with a 6-5 Tigers win over the Orioles on Wednesday afternoon. “When the sun is out, it doesn’t feel that bad.”

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DETROIT — The weather was chilly again at Comerica Park, but despite a 36-degree first-pitch temperature, Dixon Machado didn’t seem to notice.

“Today was great,” said Machado, whose first career walk-off home run finally decided a back-and-forth affair with a 6-5 Tigers win over the Orioles on Wednesday afternoon. “When the sun is out, it doesn’t feel that bad.”

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Between the sun, the hitting and the bullpens, a frigid afternoon for hitters heated up late, with the two teams scoring eight runs over the final two innings. For Machado, the bigger discomfort was the dogpile that awaited him as he rounded the bases on his second Major League home run, making sure he put his foot on each base.

“They punched me. They threw water, ice, everything,” Machado said. “That’s OK. If we’re winning, that doesn’t matter.”

Video: BAL@DET: Machado on hitting walk-off HR, gets doused

 Mens 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey That’s the philosophy seemingly guiding the Tigers through the comebacks and opposing rallies of the first few weeks. Whatever happens during the game, from an early pitching duel to two blown leads over the final two innings, Detroit never seems to be out of any contest. The Tigers keep competing, as manager Ron Gardenhire emphasizes, right to the final out. They’ve brought the tying run to the plate in the final inning of their losses more often than not, and they boast more ninth-inning runs (11) than in any other frame.

“This team is fun to watch. Nobody can deny that,” said catcher John Hicks, whose three-run homer in the eighth gave the Tigers a short-lived 5-4 lead entering the ninth.

Video: BAL@DET: Hicks slugs go-ahead three-run homer in 8th

What had been a pitching duel for the first six innings broke open once the bullpens took over. Matthew Boyd‘s 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball and Miguel Cabrera‘s sixth-inning solo homer on his 35th birthday sent the Tigers into the eighth inning with a 2-1 lead. The top third of the Orioles’ lineup reached base safely and scored to begin the inning off Daniel Stumpf and Drew VerHagen, highlighted by Manny Machado‘s RBI single up the middle.

Once Chris Davis doubled off the top of the left-field wall, the Orioles had a 4-2 lead to hand to setup man Darren O’Day, who struck out Cabrera for the first out before back-to-back one-out hits set up Hicks, who was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his first three at-bats of the day, and 1-for-12 with seven strikeouts on the season up to that point.

“After my third at-bat, I was sitting at the end of the bench like, ‘Get past it,'” Hicks said, “‘go up there with a fresh mindset and, honestly, just get yourself comfortable in the box.'”

Said Gardenhire: “You can do one of two things: You can sit there and let it happen, or you can do something about it. And this team did something about it.”

This is what the Tigers continue to do, even after the Orioles’ Luis Sardinas greeted closer Shane Greene with a home run leading off the top of the ninth to erase the lead Hicks’ homer had just created.

Video: BAL@DET: Sardinas belts a solo homer to tie it in 9th

“When Hicks hit his home run, we thought we had it, but they came back,” Machado said. “That’s baseball. But we didn’t give up. We keep looking forward.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Machado ends it: Machado had never faced O’s reliever Pedro Araujo at any level, but the second baseman admitted he was thinking about a home run as he stepped into the batters box. After taking a first-pitch fastba Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey ll outside, he was anticipating Araujo trying to come back inside on him. Machado turned on Araujo’s heater and sent it just over the left-field wall.

“‘If he throws in, just try to hit it out,'” Machado said he told himself. “He threw it right in my spot. When I saw the left fielder turn around and kind of give up, I said, ‘OK, that’s a homer.'”

SOUND SMART
While Boyd became the first Tigers left-hander since at least 1908 to deliver six or more innings of one-run ball or better in his first three starts of a season, his no-decision also made him the first Major League pitcher since Pedro Martinez in ’94 to do that and not earn a win in any of those starts, according to Baseball-Reference.com. 

Video: BAL@DET: Boyd fans six in strong one-run outing

HE SAID IT
“I’m good now. We won. I hit a home run [and] a double.” — Cabrera, on what he wants for his 35th birthday

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
JaCoby Jones went from first to third on a hit-and-run play as Jose Iglesias grounded to short following Jones’ Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap  leadoff single in the seventh. After a quick look on replay, however, the Tigers challenged, arguing Iglesias beat the shortstop Machado’s throw to first. A 57-second review overturned the out call, giving Iglesias an infield single and putting runners on the corners with nobody out.

Video: BAL@DET: Iglesias safe at first after call overturned

UP NEXT
Jordan Zimmermann (0-0, 8.18 ERA) faces Orioles starter Alex Cobb (0-1, 17.18 ERA) in his first start since taking a line drive off his right jaw in Cleveland last week as the Tigers wrap up their series against the O’s with a 1:10 p.m. ET first pitch Thursday at Comerica Park. MLB Network will pick up the telecast for fans outside the Detroit market.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera tends to hit especially well on his birthday. The Tigers slugger celebrated turning 35 on Wednesday with his 464th career home run, a sixth-inning solo homer and a 6-5 win over the Orioles at Comerica Park.

That’s enough of a gift for him.

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DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera tends to hit especially well on his birthday. The Tigers slugger celebrated turning 35 on Wednesday with his 464th career home run, a sixth-inning solo homer and a 6-5 win over the Orioles at Comerica Park.

That’s enough of a gift for him.

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“I’m good now,” Cabrera said after the game.

Cabrera also got a leg up in his back-and-forth race with Adrian Beltre on the all-time Major League home run list, moving out of a tie for 35th place. Cabrera’s next home run will tie him with Dave Winfield for the next spot on the list. 

Cabrera left Tuesday’s game as a precaution with lower back tightness, but he was in good health and spirits as he entered the clubhouse Wednesday morning. Teammates serenaded him on his birthday, while manager Ron Gardenhire made sure Cabrera was good to play.

“I asked the manager to take me out because my back started getting tight,” Cabrera said. “I got back spasms last year when we played in Minnesota and my back was tight, and then I hurt my groin. So I don’t want to do that this year. I want to be with the team 162 games. I want to be out th Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey ere trying t Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap o do my best.”

Cabrera entered the day 19-for-50 with five doubles, two homers and nine RBIs on his birthday, recording a hit in 11 of the past 12 years when the Tigers have played on April 18. He opened Wednesday’s game with a double to the left-field wall off O’s starter Kevin Gausman, tying Cabrera with Chipper Jones for 29th on the all-time Major League doubles list with 549.

Video: BAL@DET: Cabrera ties Chipper Jones on doubles list

After grounding out in the third inning, Cabrera came up leading off the sixth and cleared the left-field wall. The line drive left his bat at just a 19-degree angle, but the ball had a 109.9-mph exit velocity for his second home run of the year, breaking a 1-1 tie.

Even Cabrera wasn Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey ‘t sure if the ball was headed out.

“If we were playing in Baltimore, I’d say, ‘Yes,'” Cabrera said. “Here, you never know. It was kind of a line-drive Mens 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey  type ball. I was not sure if it was going to be out. I was thinking in my mind, ‘You’ve gotta get a double right here. You have to get to second.'”

That home run put the Tigers on top until the eighth inning, when the two sides began trading rallies off each other’s bullpens. Cabrera was due up fourth in the ninth if Detroit could get a runner on base, but Dixon Machado‘s home run leading off the frame took care of matters while Cabrera was getting ready in the clubhouse.

Video: BAL@DET: Machado delivers walk-off homer in the 9th

“I was here inside the clubhouse looking for the coffee, because it started getting a little bit more cold,” Cabrera said. “But when I got the first coffee drink, I see Machado hit a home run and I was like jumping here in the clubhouse. Victor [Martinez] looked at me Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey  and said, ‘What are we going to do?’ I said, ‘Now we have to wait here.’ It was an exciting moment and I’m happy we won this game.”

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for M Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap LB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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